My pinto mare is eigt and hasn't been ridden much in the last three years. I'm breaking herbto show but she has a really tough mouth and is overweight. She also has never been around more than a few horses at a time before. So I'm worrieshe will flip in the arena. And she's stubborn. So all in all how do I go about fixin all these things?
If she has a tough mouth, don't put a really harsh bit on her. Please. Too many people abuse the bit and as the horse becomes more immune to a tough bit they just keep putting on harsher bits. Teach her to respond to the bit correctly, and try to use your seat and legs more than your hands to control her. A curb chain may help too.
I would obviously starts with lots of lunging and groundwork. If you don't know how to then get a trainer to. Nobody wants to see you getting hurt retraining your horse. (Sorry, but I hate the term 'break')
Oh, yeah those horses are so annoying! Be sure to keep hold of those reins like your life depends on it. And if she does snatch those reins pick them up and correct her. Just don't stop her when she does it, or she might think it's a great way to take a quick break. ;)
Yeah she's pretty ornery! But she's the most willing horse ever! She opens her mouth for the bit when she sees it. Its hilarious! I'm working on making her behave and so far she ain't listening to well. But by August shell be amazing:) anyways thanks for the advice!
If you think she's really overweight, you may want to try one of these:
If my mare is on grass all the time she almost has to wear one. I put her out on grass one summer and she looked bigger than a pregnant horse, no joke. Haha. She could easily eat herself sick. (Heck, she's fat now and all she gets is hay a couple times a day!) But if she is mildly overweight, more exercising will work wonders.
Yeah I would use one of those but I'm not out with her because we board her at my grandparents. And I don't get out there as much as I'd like. But do you think putting her in a dry lot with a round bale would help?
Does she havea tough mouth or an iggnorant mouth. A lot of horses are called hard mouthed, when really they just are a bit uneducated. Re teach her what all the rein aids are through patience and presssure releae. You'l probably find she comes soft.
Also this will help you develop better comunnication with her and help her feel more secure in the show ring.